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UPDATE: More than 6,000 customers still without power in Chilliwack, Agassiz due to ice storm

Trees and power lines encased in heavy ice knocks out power throughout Chilliwack
Ice brought down trees and power lines throughout Chilliwack on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

More than 6,000 BC Hydro customers in Chilliwack and parts of Agassiz were still without power on Friday afternoon (Jan. 7) following an ice storm.

According to BC Hydro, there were 53 outages in Chilliwack as of 4:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, more than 10,000 customers had their power knocked out after the city was under a sheet of ice following freezing rain.

The storm brought down trees and power lines encased in heavy ice throughout Chilliwack.

As of 9:45 a.m., the largest outage was in Promontory affecting 3,548 customers.

More than 10,000 BC Hydro customers were without power Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (BC Hydro)
More than 10,000 BC Hydro customers were without power Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (BC Hydro)

Additionally, the vast majority of customers in the Chilliwack River Valley, Cultus Lake and Rosedale were also without power.

READ MORE: Freezing rain paralyzes Chilliwack Friday morning

Crews were on scene at many of the outages, but not all of them.

The ice storm came after more than 24 centimetres of snow fell in Chilliwack overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and into the morning of Thursday, Jan. 6.

READ MORE: PHOTOS and VIDEO: Another dump of snow for Chilliwack

Freezing rain started the afternoon of Jan. 6 and continued into the evening and night.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures were expected to get up to 2 C today (Jan. 7) and up to a high of 9 C by Tuesday, Jan. 11.

“Freezing rain continues for parts of the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound this morning. Strong winds developing this morning through the Fraser Valley,” Environment Canada stated on Friday, Jan. 7.

For more info on power outages, go to the BC Hydro outage list.


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Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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